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The True Woman: Elements of Character Drawn from the Life of Mary Lyon and Others. A Book for Girls

Author: William M. Thayer
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Publish Date: 1886

A book full of useful instructions to young women supported by innumerable incidents and instances and illustrated by quotations from a variety of sources. Mary Lyon, who is the person intended by the title, "The True Woman", is well nigh drowned by her biographer in a sea of morals and anecdotes. Her name turns up again and again; but what she did we know not. Mr. Thayer might as well have given us the life of Tryphena or Tryphosa. Mary Lyon flavors the book as one lump of sugar might sweeten the Thames from Chelsea to Greenwich; in fact, had Mary Lyon been left out one would hardly have missed her. We confess that we are not enamored of this style of biography; but if we look on the work as hints about female character and behavior we like it far better. Our author does not on this occasion appear at his best; but this is not the fault of the publishers, who have made up a very handsome book.